With Hamas’ decision to begin firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, precipitating Israeli action to stop that rocket fire, anti-Jew sentiment has now exploded full-force onto the public scene. This isn’t unprecedented – each time Israel acts in its own self-defense, whether in Gaza or in southern Lebanon, Jew-haters around the world have utilized the opportunity to target Jews.
Such evil has now shown its ugly face around the world. Here are the latest incidents across the globe against Jews, utilizing Israel’s defensive activities as an excuse:
Los Angeles. When some 2,000 Israel supporters showed up at the Federal Building in Los Angeles on Sunday, a group of pro-Palestinian men – they were identifiable by the large Palestinian flags they carried – attacked the demonstrators with sticks. LAPD attempted to stop the fight, and the attackers reportedly drove off in their truck. Witnesses reported, according to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, that “a gun was fired in the direction of the truck, reportedly by a police officer or Department of Homeland Security officer who was at the scene.”
Paris. Anti-Jewish thugs attempted to break into a Paris synagogue carrying bats and chairs. Another synagogue was also targeted, prompting French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to state, “France will never tolerate using violent words or acts to import the Israeli-Palestinian conflict onto French soil.” The synagogue was full of Jews memorializing the three Jewish boys killed by Hamas operatives.
Frankfurt. Neo-Nazi protesters threw stones at police. Fellow anti-Israel protesters, who numbered 2,500, screamed “God is great” and “children-murderer Israel.” One sign stated, “You Jews Are Beasts!” The groups apparently tried to find Jewish institutions to attack after their rally. According to the Jerusalem Post, “student organization Left-SDS, Islamists and some members of the Neo-Nazi group National Socialists Rhein-Main attended the anti-Israel protest. Flags from Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Hamas were on display at the protest. Banners compared Prime Minister Netanyahu with Adolf Hitler.” Police reportedly allowed demonstrators to use “a police vehicle and loudspeaker to blast anti-Israel slogans.”
Seattle. According to blogger Michael Behar, pro-Israel rallies were met with anti-Israel rallies in the city with protesters screaming “anti-Israel slogans calling for the destruction of the Jewish state while waving signs and marching through the downtown sidewalks…signs comparing Jews to Nazis were commonplace.” Behar reported that posters utilizing the blood libel were present in the crowd, including “a Jew eating a gentile child along with a cup of blood to wash it all down.”
Boston. Pro-Israel protesters were called “Jesus killers” and swarmed at a rally outside the Israeli consulate, with TruthRevolt columnist Chloe Valdery, among others, assaulted by anti-Israel protesters. According to Aviva Lamveira, “Some phones were knocked out of our hands, Israeli flags were yanked, and a whole lot of disgusting things were shouted at us.” Valdery reported, “There were several cops who literally did nothing.”
As Israel’s enemies are emboldened in the Middle East, Jews’ enemies are emboldened around the globe. It is no surprise, then, to watch as Jews across the world come under attack, given the unprecedented level of tacit and spoken global support for anti-Israel activity.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.